Reinvestment Rate

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Reinvestment Rate'

The amount of interest that can be earned when money is taken out of one fixed-income investment and put into another. The reinvestment rate is the amount of interest the investor could earn if s/he purchased a new bond, if the same investor is holding a callable bond that is called due because interest rates have declined. If the original bond paid 5% and the new bond pays 3%, the reinvestment rate is 3%.


The possibility of such an interest-rate drop is called "reinvestment rate risk".

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Reinvestment Rate'

Anticipated reinvestment rates play a role in investors' decisions about what term to select when purchasing a bond or CD. An investor who expects interest rates to rise might select a shorter-term investment, under the assumption that the reinvestment rate when the bond or CD matures will be higher than the interest rates that can be locked into on longer-maturity investments today.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Reinvestment

    Using dividends, interest and capital gains earned in an investment ...
  2. Personal Finance

    All financial decisions and activities of an individual, this ...
  3. Effective Yield

    The yield of a bond, assuming that you reinvest the coupon (interest ...
  4. Prime Rate

    The interest rate that commercial banks charge their most credit-worthy ...
  5. Annual Percentage Yield - APY

    The effective annual rate of return taking into account the effect ...
  6. Fixed-Income Security

    An investment that provides a return in the form of fixed periodic ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are the risks of investing in a bond?

    The most well-known risk in the bond market is interest rate risk - the risk that bond prices will fall as interest rates ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How is a corporate bond taxed?

    A corporate bond is taxed through the interest earned on the bond, through capital gains or losses earned in the early sale ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How do I use the principles of convexity to compare bonds?

    Convexity, along with another principle known as duration, is an important consideration when assessing bond risk. All else ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is affected by the interest rate risk?

    Interest rate risk is the risk that arises when the absolute level of interest rates fluctuate. Interest rate risk directly ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How can I calculate the carrying value of a bond?

    The carrying value of a bond is the net amount between the bond’s face value and any unamortized premiums or minus any amortized ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How can I look up average banker's acceptance yields?

    Average banker's acceptance yields are published regularly in the Wall Street Journal and updated continuously on WSJ.com. ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Six Biggest Bond Risks

    Don't assume that you can't lose money in this market - you can. Find out how.
  2. Investing Basics

    Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

    These offer higher returns than regular certificates of deposit, but there's a catch.
  3. Options & Futures

    Callable Bonds: Leading A Double Life

    Find out more about these dangerous and exciting cousins to regular bonds.
  4. Retirement

    Bond Basics Tutorial

    Investing in bonds - What are they, and do they belong in your portfolio?
  5. Retirement

    The Money Market

    If your investments in the stock market are keeping you from sleeping at night, it's time to learn about the safer alternatives in the money market.
  6. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Muni Bonds, Taxable Bonds or CDs: Which is Best?

    Here's how to tell if municipal bonds are a better investment than taxable bonds or CDs.
  7. Professionals

    Why You Should Avoid Fixating on Bond Duration

    Financial advisors and their clients should then focus on a bond fund’s portfolio rather than relying on any single metric like duration.
  8. Investing

    The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate and currency volatility spiking.
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Why You May Want To Be (And Stay) In Bonds

    Bonds are complicated, and it’s easy to feel intimidated or confused. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a numbers geek to be an informed investor.
  10. Investing

    Why Some Investors Are Tilting Toward TIPS

    Last month’s five-year TIPS auction drew nearly $48 billion in interest, a sign of recent renewed demand for this inflation indexed asset among investors.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Stop-Loss Order

    An order placed with a broker to sell a security when it reaches a certain price. A stop-loss order is designed to limit ...
  2. Covered Call

    An options strategy whereby an investor holds a long position in an asset and writes (sells) call options on that same asset ...
  3. Butterfly Spread

    A neutral option strategy combining bull and bear spreads. Butterfly spreads use four option contracts with the same expiration ...
  4. Unlevered Beta

    A type of metric that compares the risk of an unlevered company to the risk of the market. The unlevered beta is the beta ...
  5. Moving Average - MA

    A widely used indicator in technical analysis that helps smooth out price action by filtering out the “noise” from random ...
  6. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity ...
Trading Center